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Council approves budget with no tax hike

November 15, 2011

Council President Susan Glessner

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s official: Punxsutawney Borough Council approved and voted to place on display the preliminary 2012 budget — with no tax increase — at Monday’s council meeting.

“This is a tribute to our department heads and employees that they are able to put together their budget requests for 2012 without a tax increase in this economy,” council President Susan Glessner said.

Council members approved Ordinance No. 1114 for 2012 that taxes valuation assessed for county purposes at the following millage rates with each mill being the equivalent of $0.10 on each $100 of assessed valuation, all under the authority of the Local Tax Enabling Act:
• 10.0 mills for general borough purposes.

• 0.90 mills for the purchase of fire engines, fire apparatus and fire hose and for the purpose of making appropriations to the fire department for payment of operational expenses and related purposes.

• 0.60 mills to maintain or aid in the maintenance of a local library for the use of residents of the borough.

• 0.45 mills for the purpose of making permanent street improvements.
• 0.75 mills for the purpose of lighting and illuminating the streets , highways, and other public places.

• 0.15 mills for the purpose of providing recreational facilities, support and maintenance.

• 0.15 mills for the purpose of providing pensions, retirement or the purchase of annuity contracts for borough employees.

Breaking down the 2012 Punxsutawney Borough Budget:

General Purpose Fund
• Administration — $377,383
• Police Department — $687,815.
• Codes and Zoning — $10,198
• Public Works — $308,156
• Special — $664,241
Total expenditures and Revenues — $2,047,793

Capital Improvement Account/ Major Improvements/Public Works Equipment
• Total balance and revenues — $68,465
• Total expenditures — $21,000 police dispatch console, police chief/clerk furniture and single axle dump truck; reserve — $47,465.

Capital Reserve Account Police Department
• Total balance and revenues — $25,756
• Total expenditures — $8,000, third payment new police vehicle; reserve — $17,756.

Fire Department Fund
• Total balance and revenues — $300,105; total expenditures — $79,450; reserve — $220,655.

Library Fund
• Total balance and revenues — $49,255; total expenditures $49,200; reserve — $55.

Motor Fund
• Total balance and revenues — $192,843; total expenditures — $161,000; and reserve — $31,843.

Parking Revenue Fund
• Total balance and revenues — $12,240; total expenditures — $2,500; and reserve $9,740.

Pension and Retirement
• Total revenues and expenditures — $12,654; and total expenditures — $12,500.

Recreation Fund
• Total balance and revenues — $93,400; total expenditures — $47,500; reserve — $45,900.

Street Improvement Fund
• Total balance and revenues — $66,775; total expenditures — $56,000; reserve — $10,775.

Street Light Fund
• Total balance and revenues $103,242; total expenditures $70,000; and reserve — $33,242.

2011 Sewer System Budget
• Total revenues — $1,592,235; subtotal plant operations — $1,367,097.

The preliminary budget will be on display for until the Dec. 2 council meeting.

Also at Monday’s meeting council:

• Approved Bryan Smith as the new Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief, who will be sworn in at council’s January reorganization meeting.

• Approved a request from the Punxsutawney Fire Department to hold its annual boot drive for area food banks Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11.

• Approved the fire service contract with Young Township.

The agreement was approved for five years, with the township paying the borough $15,500 for 2012; $16,000 for 2013; $16,500 for 2014; $17,000 for 2015; $17,500 for 2016; and the township shall pay 100 percent of any Fireman’s Relief Association funds it recovers during the contract to the borough.

Either the township or the borough may terminate the contract or renegotiate any term or provision with a written notice of its intentions at least six months in advance to the other municipality prior to Jan. 1 of the final year of the contract.

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